Last night Vice President Joe Biden squared off with VP candidate Congressman Paul Ryan for the first and only Vice Presidential debate. The debate was moderated by Martha Raddatz (ABC News chief foreign correspondent) and covered both foreign and domestic topics and was to be divided into nine time segments of approximately 10 minutes each, according to the Commission on Presidential Debates.
Both sides came out fighting and the interuptions were flying. Within the first five minutes I knew this was going to be heated. It was.
One of the biggest clashes was over rival approaches to reducing federal deficits.
Ryan's take: "The president likes to say he has a plan," said Ryan, a seven-term congressman. But in fact "he gave a speech" and never backed it up with details.
Biden's retort: Biden conceded Republicans indeed had a plan. But he said that if enacted it would have "eviscerated all the things the middle class care about," including cutting health care programs and education.
Probably the most talked about on the internet social media was Biden's his use of words. The most popular being when he blurted out that Ryan was offering “malarkey.”
Fact checkers were hard at work through the night too. It will be interesting to see what they have to say too.
Most news outlets are reporting that Biden won. But I've also seen that It was close in the post-debate polls of undecided voters. In a CBS poll, 50 percent thought Biden had won; only 31 percent thought the same of Ryan. In the CNN poll, 48 percent thought Ryan won. Only 44 percent thought Biden came out on top. So big difference.
The issues were discussed. The candidates had their say. Now what do you think?
Who won this debate? Did they speak on topics that interested you? Did you learn anything new about the policies of each ticket?